Huskers Breeze to Chip-N Title

By NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska claimed its second straight Chip-N Club Invitational title at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course on Monday.
Nebraska claimed its second straight Chip-N Club Invitational title at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course on Monday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska women's golf team breezed to its second straight Chip-N Club Invitational title in windy conditions at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course on Monday.

The Nebraska White squad, consisting of the Huskers' sixth through 10th players in preseason qualifying, added a second-place effort 20 strokes behind NU's top squad.

The Red unit posted a third-round 325 after opening the two-day, 54-hole tournament with two rounds of 306 on Sunday to finish at 937.    The White team managed a round of 329 on Monday after rounds of 320 and 308 on Sunday to finish at 957.

"Obviously I'm happy we won.  I'm excited for the team coming in first and second," Coach Robin Krapfl said.  "I wish we would have played a little bit better today, but I think the windy conditions had a little bit to do with that."

Southwest Missouri State finished a distant third with a three-round total of 965, which included Monday's best round of 322.  North Texas slipped to fourth place with a three-round team score of 968 after shooting a 331 in the final round.  UNT's Andra Lancaster did claim individual medalist honors by finishing at 225 (74-72-79).  Lancaster held off a third-round charge from Sally Hinton of SMS, who produced Monday's top individual round of 74 to climb from eighth to second with a three-round score of 228 (75-79-74).

After that it was all Huskers, as Nebraska players claimed the third through eighth spots in the top 10, while adding two more players tied for 12th.

Allison Stewart, playing in the first tournament of her collegiate career, produced Nebraska's top finish playing in the No. 4 spot in the lineup with a 229.  The redshirt freshman from Vermillion, S.D., added a third-round score of 81 to complement rounds of 75 and 73 on Sunday.

Senior Merynn Ito fired Nebraska's top round on Monday with a 79 to finish in fourth with a 232, seven strokes off the pace.  Ito's third-round 79 was one of just three sub-80 rounds produced by the 42 golfers in the tournament on Monday.

True freshman Elli Brown, who qualified as the No. 10 golfer on the NU squad for the tournament, finished 10 strokes out of first in fifth place to lead a strong performance by the Nebraska White team.  The Meridian, Idaho, native added a round of 82 on Monday to close a stellar effort in her Husker debut.

"We had two freshmen finishing in the top five, which is very impressive," Krapfl said.  "Hopefully we can take the momentum of winning and learning to compete in some tough conditions and just keep getting better and better."

Junior Chelsea Gehring added a sixth-place individual effort for the NU Whites (79-73-84-236), while fellow junior Sara Sackett took seventh for the Reds (76-79-83-238).  Sophomore Chrissie McArdle finished one shot back of Sackett (76-80-83-239) to round out the top four performances for the NU Red squad.

Junior Jackie Beste (86-76-82-244) and redshirt freshman Heather Gutschow (81-81-82-244) added solid efforts for the NU Whites by tying for 12th place.

The Huskers will return to action Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech.  The 18-team tournament will feature six other Big 12 Conference teams, including Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma and a pair of Texas Tech teams.  The tournament tees off at 8 a.m . all three days.

Chip-N Club Invitational     
         Wilderness Ridge         Lincoln, NE   
        
FINAL RESULTS     (Date Posted: 09-20-2004)

           Par:        72               
           Yardage:  5933              

 Fin Team                     Scores

1 Nebraska, U. of 306 306 325 937 +73 2 Nebraska White 320 308 329 957 +93 3 SW Missouri St. U. 316 327 322 965 +101 4 North Texas, U. of 316 321 331 968 +104 5 Bradley University 322 338 333 993 +129 6 Wichita State Univ. 334 330 336 1000 +136 7 Creighton University 337 331 339 1007 +143 8 UMKC 339 353 357 1049 +185

 Fin  Name                  School      Scores
   1  Andra Lancaster       N. Texas     74   72   79    225   +9
   2  Sally Hinton          SMS          75   79   74    228  +12
   3  Allison Stewart       Nebraska     75   73   81    229  +13
   4  Merynn Ito            Nebraska     79   74   79    232  +16
   5  Elli Brown            NU White     75   78   82    235  +19
   6  Chelsea Gehring       NU White     79   73   84    236  +20
   7  Sara Sackett          Nebraska     76   79   83    238  +22
   8  Chrissie McArdle      Nebraska     76   80   83    239  +23
   9  Missy Linnens         SMS          78   79   83    240  +24
  10  Carly Sobel           Bradley      77   84   82    243  +27
      Tara Goedeken         Wichita St   81   80   82    243  +27
  12  Jackie Beste          NU White     86   76   82    244  +28
      Heather Gutschow      NU White     81   81   82    244  +28
  14  Melissa Reeves        Wichita St   79   81   85    245  +29
  15  Jaclyn Golden         N. Texas     83   80   84    247  +31
      Tara Lambright        N. Texas     82   81   84    247  +31
  17  Megan Hanson          SMS          82   81   85    248  +32
      Leigh Sutton          Creighton    80   83   85    248  +32
      Rachel Byleen         Creighton    87   77   84    248  +32
  20  Rikki Sobel           Bradley      81   83   85    249  +33
  21  Whitney Bauer         Bradley      82   85   83    250  +34
  22  Andrea Dunagan        NU White     85   83   83    251  +35
      Agnes Kim             Bradley      82   86   83    251  +35
  24  Lauren Cheves         N. Texas     77   91   84    252  +36
  25  Kristen Kosch         SMS          81   91   81    253  +37
  26  Nicole Lloyd          Wichita St   85   82   87    254  +38
  27  Maureen Gross         Creighton    87   83   85    255  +39
      Aubrey McCormick      SMS          83   88   84    255  +39
  29  Whitney McCuistion    Wichita St   81   90   85    256  +40
  30  Katie Houlehan        UMKC         81   84   92    257  +41
  31  Brittnay Hofer        UMKC         84   87   87    258  +42
  32  Audrey Butler         Creighton    83   88   88    259  +43
      Whitney Cox           Bradley      82   90   87    259  +43
      Beth Anne Bryson      Nebraska     90   87   82    259  +43
  35  Paige Padgett         N. Texas     90   88   84    262  +46
  36  Kelly Eddy            Wichita St   91   87   85    263  +47
  37  Jamie Raines          Wichita St   89   92   84    265  +49
  38  Paige Pahlke          Creighton    92   91   85    268  +52
  39  Jackie Wagner         UMKC         89   89   91    269  +53
  40  Amy Harder            UMKC         85   96   90    271  +55
  41  Danielle Zejdlik      UMKC         91   93   89    273  +57
  42  Tristin Geyer         SMS          94   92   96    282  +66
  WD  Meaghan LeBlanc       Bradley      WD   WD   WD       

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